TOWARDS AN OPTIMAL EARTH POPULATION OF THREE BILLION
Echoing the ideas of “Cradle to Cradle”, a smaller human population on earth will be much better for the environment and will improve the livelihoods of those who live here. Many of the crises of the 21st century will be defined by the unmanageable human population of earth. Our ranks shall reach at least 9 Billion by the end of this century, and at the same time resources will be dwindling putting huge strain on both ecosystems and human social systems.
Three Billion is an arbitrary number, and we will not have achieved that population of Earth by 2164 (more likely around 6 billion). But we shall be working towards it. This will occur for the following reasons:
- environmental crises leading to a near collapse of civilization in 21st century leads us to believe that overpopulation is the key cause
- Human populations will already undergo a significant and sudden decline due to loss of productive land and coastal areas, especially in poorer nations
- Demographic changes, mainly due reproduction rates falling below 1.9 children per woman ( first in Europe and North America, then around the world) and radical new ways of living pioneered by United States culture
- education of women and end of patriarchy
- Human society which is less driven around growth, but “evolution”
- lack of necessity to field huge armies
- Commonly held goal by a unified humanity which sets a target maximum population of earth to be achieved by 2250An Earth with around Three Billion people will not look too dissimilar to what we have today, just with less people able to support the same global systems (air travel etc.) . It will give us a chance to bring equity to the whole of humanity, and give fair and universal education and opportunities to all. The gap between rich and poor will finally recede, as most people will live in tightly defined areas of settlement around the world, but centred in the northern hemisphere. Africa, especially east Africa, will be redeveloped as a symbol of the centre of humanity, where we are originally from. This trend will act in a positive feedback cycle, and in the far future, assuming everything goes well, we will have to create measures to curb underpopulation.